Published on September 12th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Simtech Aviation Says Goodbye to AVRO RJ85 Simulator

Simtech Aviation shut down the AVRO RJ85 Full Motion Simulator for the final time on the evening of August 31st 2020 after successful operation at Simtech Aviation’s training centre in Kestrel House Dublin where it was housed since 2009.

The RJ85 simulator was a fundamental element for Simtech Aviation’s growth in the early days and we trained thousands of pilots in this simulator from various airlines throughout the world’. – Capt. Sé Pardy Co-Founder of Simtech Aviation.

The AVRO RJ-85 aircraft first flew in August 1982 entering service six months later offering an improved cabin and more efficient LF 507 engines. It was adapted by several short haul and regional carriers due to the ability to do steep approaches into such airports like London City (EGLC). The simulator was manufactured originally in 1992, following several upgrades it was moved to Dublin from the USA to serve an Irish based airline that operated the RJ fleet.

The RJ85 simulator will be decommissioned and used for spare parts at for another RJ85 simulator based in Milan Italy. Known to the public as the ‘Baby Jumbo’ it’s a sad day to see it go however like other iconic 4 engine aircraft such as the A380 and B747 the requirement for more efficient two engine aircraft is more attractive for airlines’. Des Wynne, Sales Director – Simtech Aviation.  

‘I would like to personally thank Simtech Aviation’s Engineering Team lead by Ciaran Ivory, Compliance Manager Bob Sheehan, Head of Training, Capt. Jimmy Devlin and various instructors such as Capt. Mark Yeates, Capt. Tony Whitmarsh and Capt. Rod Hipson for the years of successful training that was delivered on the RJ85 sim’. – Capt. Sé Pardy, Accountable Manager, Simtech Aviation.

Departure of RJ85 Cabin Trainer (left to right) Gerard Whelan, Des Wynne & Capt. Jimmy Devlin.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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